Since January this year the Review of Australian Fiction has been publishing online two stories every two weeks from Australia's best writers. Matthew Lamb, editor of Review of Australian Fiction, joins us to tell us about this new digital journal.
By Matthew Lamb
The Review of Australian Fiction is a digital journal dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of Australian authors and their work, both domestically and internationally.
In order to meet these objectives, the Review of Australian Fiction has developed a unique structure, funding model and scope, designed to adapt and prosper in an ever changing (and increasingly online) publishing environment. This approach is supported by a partnership with the digital platform, Booki.sh.
There are four volumes each year, each volume contains six issues; each issue, published every two weeks, contains two stories. The first story in each issue is by an established Australian author and the second story is by an emerging Australian author. The Review of Australian Fiction is therefore set up as a co-operative infrastructure that aims to consolidate existing Australian talent and use this as the foundation for ushering in new talent and introducing them to readers.
The key here, however, is that we ask the primary author to choose who they want to be paired with, some emerging author they may have their eye on, that we will then contact and ask to contribute. This is an opportunity for the promotion of established authors and for established authors to usher in emerging authors. The long term plan is that these emerging authors of today will be the established authors of tomorrow, and we will get them, in turn, to publish further stories, while bringing in newer authors, and so on.
Next year, these authors will be chosen by a number of curators. Kate Eltham, Geordie Williamson, Rachel Edwards, and Anita Heiss, will each be responsible for choosing the authors for each volume, respectively.
It is really important to us that the copyright for these stories is retained by the author. Instead of a limited one-off fee, agreed prior to publication, authors are paid a set amount per issue/volume sold, on an ongoing royalty basis, with payments made quarterly. 50% of the cover price goes directly to the authors in the form of these ongoing payments. So every time someone buys an issue, or takes out a subscription, they are directly supporting Australian authors.
A subscription to the Review of Australian Fiction is available on the journal's website, for only $12.99 per volume. We have recently launched our fourth volume, which contains stories by Jennifer Mills, Joanne Riccioni, Paddy O'Reilly, Laurence Steed, Elizabeth Stead, Jessica White, Lenny Bartulin, Dominic Smith, Ryan O'Neill, Patrick Cullen, Patrick Holland, and Leah Swann. Not bad for $12.99.
Or else you can buy single issues for only $2.99, which are available through the journal's website, but also through many independent Australia bookstores, including Gleebooks, Readings, Avid Reader, and Fullers. So not only can you support Australian authors, you can also support Australian indie booksellers.
For up to date information you can follow Review of Australian Fiction on Twitter.
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